Inspiring young people
Galvin's Chance is an into-work programme for disadvantaged 18-24 year olds. The programme is the brainchild of Fred Sirieix, General Manager at Galvin at Windows. Fred wanted to try to set up a project that could help to combat some of the problems facing young people in London today, including gang culture and a lack of work opportunities. He was convinced that the skills shortage in his sector could be addressed by providing some concrete employment opportunities for young people at risk.
Motivated by his own experiences, Chris Galvin, Chef Patron of Galvin at Windows, leapt at the opportunity to utilise his resources and contacts to give others the chance to begin a front of house career along with the training and support required. Evidence shows that being in employment, education or training increases a young person’s resilience and is essential to their future employability and economic well-being. It also suggests that employment and a reduction in re-offending are linked, and that stability and quality of employment, along with the levels of satisfaction expressed towards it, are key factors.
There are several stages to the programme which combine to give the apprentices the skills and opportunities to gain employment in the hospitality industry. These are:
Hospitality Showcase and Recruitment Event: This gives the young people an opportunity to get a feel for the programme and to go forward for selection through a series of activities and an interview with the panel. Employers are present as well as those in the hospitality industry. The next event is scheduled for 5th October 2012, with referrals currently being taken. More than 50 young people are expected at this event, at which other signposting and support is offered. The interview is the main focus of the day, with 15-18 places allocated onto Galvin's Chance, so the process is competitive.
Two week Pre-employment Training: This intensive course provides apprentices with all the information and training needed to start a
placement in the hospitality industry. The programme covers areas such as employer
expectations and customer service and will result in vocational
qualifications in Food Hygiene and Health and Safety. Pre-employment training is delivered by The Springboard Charity and features visits to some of the employer bars and restaurants
Two Week Work Placement: The placement is a crucial stage of the process, giving the apprentices first hand experience in a Front of House role. They develop
customer facing and team working skills as well as being forced to use their initiative in real life
work situations. The placement includes a guaranteed interview for suitable employment.
Apprenticeship Qualification: Galvin's Chance offers the opportunity for young people to study for a suitable hospitality qualification alongside their paid role. Offered in consultation with the employers, the apprenticeship is considered a vital, complementary component of the programme.
Throughout Galvin's Chance, the young person is supported by a dedicated programme manager from The Springboard Charity and by their employer. The young person also has opportunities to meet and gain support from previous graduates of the programme.
Please note: Individuals for consideration to Galvin's Chance are referred by third party agencies (including probation services, young offender support groups, homeless charities) and then selected to attend the Showcase and Recruitment Event.